Did You Know …
Avoid back strain while shoveling snow by following these steps:
- Warm up first. Shoveling can be an intense exercise so warming up your muscles and getting your heart pumping before you start will reduce your risk of muscle strain.
- Shovel smaller loads. Over the course of a driveway you can shovel a ton of snow (literally). By making each load smaller, you can avoid strain on your back.
- Lift with your knees, not your back.
- Step in the direction you are throwing the snow and avoid twisting.
- Don’t keep your hands together on the shovel. Spacing your hands apart will make it easier to lift.
- Use a smaller shovel. This will force you to pick up smaller loads and the decrease in weight can save your back and other muscles.
- Don’t wait until the snow stops and then try to get rid of all of it at once. Go out a few times during breaks in the storm to clear the driveway of a smaller amount of snow.
- Take breaks. (Grab a drink of water at the same time.)
- If possible, push the snow to the side instead of lifting it.
- And for a shoveling home remedy: if wet snow is sticking to your shovel, cooking spray will allow the snow to slide off more easily.